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Lost Gardens of Heligan


Heligan, Pentewan, ST AUSTELL, Cornwall, PL26 6EN

Tel: +44 01726 845100

Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell


Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens of Heligan were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration.  The history and story of the birth is indeed fascinating and you can learn all about it during your visit.

Winner of the European Garden Awards for the Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden in 2014, a Gold Winner at the 2014/15 Cornwall Tourism Awards, and awards from VisitEngland and Cornwall Today, these romantic gardens are deservedly rewarded and enjoyed by thousands of tourists, and local people, every year.

Discover Victorian productive gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Step back in time and journey across the world beneath the historic rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-carved tree ferns in New Zealand, to explore our Italian garden and Alpine inspired ravine.  Giant rhubarb, banana plantations and tunnels of towering bamboo are a true delight and a great adventure for children. This exuberant garden hosts a riot of luxuriant foliage, outstanding trees and inspiring views, drawing the imagination on a journey far from our temperate shores.

Well known and most frequently pictured in the media are The Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady, to be discovered along   the woodland walk where they reveal themselves, emerging gently from the undergrowth, in a beautiful natural landscape.

Heligan also hosts a range of events throughout the year, including various events for children during schools holidays like woodland trails, Knee High Theatre and The Lost Summer, as well as events for all ages which include woodland walks and wild food walks.  Heligan is also a popular wedding venue, with three sites across the gardens are licensed for civil ceremonies, including the historic Melon Yard, the romantic Italian Garden and the ancient Cob Room in the Steward’s House.

Ancient woodlands and grazed pastures are managed to promote wildlife, which is celebrated at our pioneering wildlife project, offering an intimate view of native fauna.

The licensed Heligan Tearoom provides a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for morning coffee, Cornish cream teas and delicious home-cooked lunches, incorporating fresh seasonal produce from the gardens and estate. Our on-site bakery supplies fresh bread, scones and cakes daily, whilst the Heligan Shop offers quality items, many of which have been designed, made, written or grown by staff on-site, providing an exclusive memento of a visit to the Lost Gardens.

Groups of all ages are welcome, as are dogs!  You can download their Accessibility Guide by clicking here.

At the Lost Gardens of Heligan, there is so much more than a garden restored; its own special atmosphere encourages contemplation and inspiration, satisfying the broadest range of horticultural and wildlife interests.


Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
2 adults & up to 3 children£30.00
Children 5-17£6.00
Children under 5Free
Pre-arranged parties Adults (20+)Free
Pre-arranged parties Seniors (20+)Free
Senior Citizens£10.50

Admission for pre-arranged parties - please call for details



  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • No Dogs
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Pre-booking necessary for groups, guided tours and group prices.

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route - Served by Western Greyhound No.526
  • On site parking


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Licensed restaurant and tea room offering a choice of hot and cold refreshments including home-made cakes and meals, using home-grown ingredients.
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 20
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Event venue
  • Open All Year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Languages spoken

  • German spoken

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • German printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Guided Tours are available each morning at 11.00am


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Whichever is your direction of approach, please travel via St Austell. We recommend that you do not use the country lanes to reach us. From the M5 - heading south join the A30 westbound at Exeter. At the Bodmin roundabout, take the A391 to St Austell. From Truro take the A390 to St Austell. From Newquay take the A3058 to St Austell.

From St Austell / Eden Project take the B3273 towards Mevagissey and follow the brown tourist signs to “The Lost Gardens of Heligan”.

The Lost Gardens are directly linked to National Cycle Network Route Number 3. This provides a safe, virtually traffic-free link to Mevagissey, Pentewan and St Austell.

Public Transport Directions

St. Austell is our nearest railway station. National Rail Enquiries can provide details of services on 08457 484950. Bus 471 runs a limited service from St Austell to Heligan.

The bus stop is conveniently situated inside the Heligan car park.

Air South West, Ryanair, Flybe, Lufthansa, Jet2 and Skybus airlines all fly into Newquay airport, 20 miles from Heligan. For service details contact Newquay Airport on 01637 860600.

A seasonal ferry service operates between Fowey and Mevagissey, which is our nearest harbour and approximately 35mins walk from Heligan. For details contact Mevagissey Ferries on 07977 203394.

Opening Times

2018 - Opening (1 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
2018 - Opening (1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*

* Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Last tickets one and-a-half hours before closing

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change